The building, which completes the complex of which Hospital del Mar is part, had been built in 1991, taking advantage of the celebration of the 1992 Olympic Games, to house the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM), which was accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as an antidoping laboratory.

This narrow, 10-metre wide building measures 140 m in length and is arranged in the shape of a circumferential arch upon the axis of the pavilions that form the Hospital rooms. The renovation of the building for university purposes dates from 1998, the year in which it accommodated the new Biology studies. It was carried out by architects Josep Benedito, Frederic Crespo and Ramon Valls. The renovated surface area totals 3,350 m2.

At present, studies belonging to the field of health sciences are taught here. This building together with the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB),  form the University's Mar campus.